Finishing up with our family prayers and hugs, my youngest daughter walks up to me, bows and says, “Momma Stay”. I looked at her and said, “Did you say namaste?” Looking puzzled she shook her head and said, “No. It’s Momma Stay.” I fell over laughing at the innocence and irony of the humor. Later upon contemplation I started really thinking about how as women we often forget to give ourselves time to just sit and stay. We always have laundry to do, dishes to unload, kids to drive to practices, school classrooms to volunteer in, dogs to wash, meals to be made and cleaned up, errands to run, and so much more. Do we allow ourselves time to STAY?
All of the aforementioned details of our lives must continue, but perhaps we can change the way we go about accomplishing them and making sure we schedule in time for contemplation, meditation, and down time. A few small changes may make a huge difference! Folding laundry as a family or allowing children to fold their own laundry. Listening to uplifting music or inspirational messages while taxiing children to activities. Taking time for exercise to keep ourselves healthy. Eating foods that will carry us through our days and not just give us instant energy boosts. Put our electronics down and enjoying the little moments that are happening all around us. I struggle daily with all of these! I have noticed that as I do take time to fill my own bucket, that there always seems to be more of me to share. Taking care of ourselves allows us to serve stronger, love more genuinely, and notice the blessings that Heavenly Father gives us all day long.
NAMASTE! (momma stay)